Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel: Words and Works.pdf
This Fall (2014) Czech-born artist Vera Frenkel will present the reinstallation of several of her pivotal works at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto. Works on show will include her famous From The Transit Bar, 1992, which was first shown at Documenta 9 in Kassel and is now a part of the National Gallery of Canada's collection. Other important works will include South to the Water, North to the Sky and Once Near Water. Points of Departure: Vera Frenkel Words and Works is the ambitious new publication to accompany the exhibition, addressing Frenkel's ongoing use of voice and character throughout her practice. Whether making works that speak from the perspective of Vera Frenkel the 'story-teller', Vera Frenkel the unheard feminist artist or Vera Frenkel, one of many artists alienated by discriminating arts funding in Canada, Frenkel's works consistently address the injustices and inequalities within contemporary art practice. The book acknowledges the artist's influence on Canadian contemporary art and the importance of her early video works as well as addressing other core themes in here practice such as absence and presence, the use of language, and the marginalization Canada's first nations populations.
onathan Shaughnessy: Associate Curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. David Liss: Artistic Director and Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA).